Cascais & Cabo do Roca

Cliffs at Cabo do Roca

We left Lisbon to take a train to Sintra today.  Getting to Sintra was really straightforward and only took 40 minutes.  Sintra is known for its elaborate palaces and manors situated amongst forests and gardens.  Many people visit Sintra as a day trip from Lisbon but we decided to stay for a night.  

We opted to postpone exploring the palaces until tomorrow.  Instead we took a public bus from Sintra to Cascais and Cabo da Roca.  Cascais is a town on the cost, popular for local tourists visiting the beach. It was a nice town with a few beaches but it was bigger and a bit more touristy than we expected. Perhaps not worth the 1 hour bus ride.  The highlight of Cascais was the former home of Count Manuel Castro Guimaraes. It was beautifully decorated with paintings, china and other items from the 17th to 20th century.   The everyday items, like hairbrushes, clocks and desks were so intricate and beautiful.

Cabo da Roca is the western-most point of Europe. It was beautiful, rugged and windy! We arrived when the sun was getting low in the sky, making nice light for photos. We would have liked to stay and explore a bit longer but it was getting late and we had to catch the bus (it only runs once an hour).

We are staying at a lovely little place in Sintra.  It is a charming old home converted into guest rooms. Our room quite big; it’s actually 2 rooms (and a bathroom).  It’s a bit drafty but worth the ambiance. 

We’re excited to explore Sintra tomorrow!

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